Miami veterinarian and animal rescue advocate James Bogdansky, DVM, was named the winner of Pets Best Insurance’s quarterly My Vet’s the Best contest, the company reported Wednesday.
Dr. Bogdansky, who practices at Country Club Animal Hospital, received 3,562 online votes through the company's website and Facebook page. He also became eligible for the 2013 grand prize: a trip for two to Western Veterinary Conference.
The veterinarian was awarded $1,000, which he will use to start a foundation for underprivileged animals, and the person who nominated him gets $200.
"Each quarter, we receive an influx of nominations for veterinarians who routinely go above and beyond to keep pets healthy,” said Jack Stephens, DVM, founder and president of Boise, Idaho-based Pets Best. "Pets Best Insurance takes tremendous pride in recognizing these tireless professionals and supporting the treatment of animals in need.
"We encourage pet owners to continue nominating their favorite veterinarians each quarter.”
Bogdansky and his family over the past 22 years have rescued and adopted a range of animals, from birds, dogs and cats to ducks, rabbits and snakes. He also works with organizations such as the Cat Network, PAWS 4 YOU and The House Rabbit Society.
Pets Best Insurance established the contest in 2010 to recognize outstanding veterinarians. A group of veterinarians and veterinary technicians selects the nominees each quarter from among hundreds submitted by pet owners.
Other finalists in the most recent competition were William Sheperd of Camelot Veterinary Services in Uniontown, Pa.; Elisa Dowd of Tassajara Veterinary Clinic in Danville, Calif.; Kimberly Burkhardt of Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital in West Carrolton, Ohio; Jennifer Tremblay of Littleton Paws Animal Hospital in Littleton, Colo.; and Glenn Craft of Monarch Veterinary Hospital in Laguna Niguel, Calif.